So you’re looking to repurpose your Oui yogurt jars. Good on you! You’re looking at a world-class yogurt fan here; it’s on my shopping list regularly, I made the discovery as it’s great for you, and I was also looking for a good “sweet tooth” alternative to stay away from cake and ice cream (well ice cream is off the table after summer is over, anyway!)
One day I discovered Oui, and this stuff is dee-lish. Doesn’t everything French taste great? I’m also a big fan of Greek and Icelandic yogurt too…of course it was the cute little glass jars that sold me as they are a super nice bonus! Although the lids- which are actually a layer of gold foil that you peel off – are pretty much absent, that’s OK; it leaves the door open for lots of crafting ideas!
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So are you like me and starting a collection of them, and now looking for some ideas on what to do with your passel of jars? Well you’ve come to the right place!
Decorate and Paint Your Jars For Holidays
I’m not sure if this was a special edition flavor or something, but this one I’ve got here came with a design already in place. I discovered that after peeling off the label which is easy since they come right off without a fuss. So no need to paint it…at the moment I’m keeping my jewelry in this one, maybe I will think of something else to do with it later.
I strongly encourage you to paint your jars; here’s my post on the right kinds of paint to use and how to use them correctly. They will look really nice, and may help you open up to some other ideas, too.
You can choose holiday or seasonal motifs like Christmas or Halloween to draw from and paint stenciled designs on them as well. Things like snowman and Santa faces, or for Halloween, paint them orange, white, or black, with spooky ghost or jack-o-lantern grins.
If you prefer the translucent, stained-glass look (I do) I have a tutorial for that, too, that you can apply to your yogurt jar menagerie! This would look great for some of these other ideas (see #2-keep reading)
Because of their petite size, these jars would be ideal to use as little tealight candle luminaries or mini lanterns. They will also hold a small votive (those little candles you see that are about 1.5″-2″) in height, small, but bigger than tealights.
If you want, you could also wrap some wire under the rim of the jar to create a handle or accent piece; that would make a great finishing touch. If you plan to use tealights, a good idea would be to put some filler material into the jars, like small pebbles, sand or dry rice, so it will be easier to light them without getting burned accidentally.
Image credit: Image by Laura Heart Felt Spaces
Although I do keep a few houseplants around, I’m probably not the world’s best gardener – I tend to prefer houseplants as they’re shielded from all the outdoor elements, not to mention the nice natural ambiance they provide. One of the ones I have is a succulent which I think would be ideal for a yogurt jar upcycle as they need only a little water, and some of them are small and you could probably put a little layer of rocks in the bottom of the jar below the soil.
If you’re especially good with the weaving arts, you could also create a hanger for them too, like macrame. That’s a really cool craft that was big in the 70s but it may be making a comeback-and it would be a really good way to create hanging planters even if you’re kind of a non-gardener.
Use For Making Candles
If there was a number one reason, this would be it! If you’ve got all the accouterments of candle making supplies, like wicks, at least – you’ve got the makings of a pretty fine candle! You could melt down an older candle and reuse the wax or use something like soy wax chips which would work great for a candle that’s not going to be too heavily scented.
Image credit:Image by Randofo
Turn Into Snow Scenes
I saw this one on Pinterest not too long ago-sorry I don’t know who to credit for this one. One thing you can do is create a miniature scene like a winter wonderland or something similar into a jar turned upside down…How you would create the resting base, could involve a scrap of wood cut into the right shape. Use a glue gun or some strong bond adhesive to secure your treasure scene.
I don’t think I’d make these into water globe scenes as I doubt this would be leakproof. But these would be too cute nonetheless! This would make a lovely gift or souvenir keepsake.
Well, that’s a start….five cool ways you can repurpose your Oui yogurt jars… whether you’ve got one or a dozen, you’re sure to find a way to make them into something amazing and unique. If you have any other ideas you can think of, please let me know as I would love to add additional ones as well!